Hyderabad: Nallari Kiran Kumar Reddy, who will take over as the 16th chief minister of Andhra Pradesh on Thursday, was once a cricketer and played for Hyderabad in the Ranji Trophy tournament.
The 50-year-old, who is presently the speaker of the state legislative assembly, will be sworn in as the new chief minister by Governor ESL Narasimhan at Raj Bhavan.
The four-time legislator represents Piler constituency in Chittoor district in the Rayalaseema region.
Born in Hyderabad September 13, 1960, he is the son of late Congress leader and former state minister from Chittoor district, N Amarnath Reddy, who was considered close to former prime ministers Indira Gandhi and PV Narasimha Rao.
He did his B.Com, LLB from Osmania University in Hyderabad. A student of Nizam College here, he was a passionate cricketer, led the university team and also played for the Hyderabad team in the Ranji Trophy.
He was first elected to the assembly from Vaylapad assembly constituency in 1989. He lost in 1994 but was re-elected in 1999 and 2004. He was elected from Piler in the 2009 elections.
Considered loyal to then chief minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy, Kiran Kumar Reddy served as government chief whip from 2004 to 2009. He also served as member of the Public Undertakings Committee and Assurance Committee.
In 2009, when Congress retained power, Kiran Kumar Reddy was an aspirant for a cabinet berth but Rajasekhara Reddy surprised everybody by picking him up for the speaker's post.
Kiran Kumar Reddy is known as a bitter critic of leader of opposition and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) president N Chandrababu Naidu, who also comes from Chittoor district.
The chief minister designate is married and has a son and a daughter.